SHERIDAN, Colo. (CBS4) – As Lakewood police still search for suspects who robbed a bank, stole vehicles and shot two people on Wednesday, it was revealed that $50,000 was stolen during the heist.
One of the suspects was taken into custody during the crime spree. He has been identified as Miguel David Sanders, 28, and made his first court appearance Thursday morning. He was captured after being found hiding underneath a school bus at Sheridan High School.
Sheridan schools remained closed Thursday after they were on lockdown all day Wednesday while heavily armed police officers and police dogs searched for the men. It took until late Wednesday evening for some students and parents to be reunited with one another. The FBI on Thursday confirmed there are only two suspects still on the loose, not three, but the schools will be back in session on Friday despite that.
The spree started on Wednesday with a bank robbery at the 1stBank at 1940 South Kipling Parkway. At least one of the robbers was wearing a mask similar to the ones seen in the movie “Scream.”
PHOTO GALLERY: Search For Crime Spree Suspects On Wednesday
Police say the men locked everyone up in the vault. After leaving the bank with approximately $50,000, they eventually ended up in an SUV that got stuck in mud near a ditch as they tried to cross a field.
Investigators say they shot a man at least two times not far from Wadsworth Boulevard and Highway 285 when they carjacked a minivan.
“It was out in front of his residence, I believe,” said Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis on Wednesday.
Davis said the suspects ditched the van outside the Sheridan High School bus area.
The men then got into a confrontation with two people outside the Sheridan Rec Center at 3325 West Oxford Avenue and one of those people — a woman — was shot.
“They confronted a mother and daughter in a vehicle outside a recreation center near the school. They attempted to take their vehicle but apparently had some difficulty and shot the daughter and physically assault both of them before leaving on foot,” Davis said in a statement on Thursday. “The daughter was shot in the hand. She and her mother’s injuries are also non-life-threatening.”
The suspects then split up on foot near the intersection of Oxford and Federal Boulevard.
Davis said “numerous items of evidentiary value recovered including many bills of U.S. currency” were found in the area.
The FBI says Wednesday’s robbery at the bank was similar to another violent bank robbery in Lakewood on Sept. 30. In that case, the crooks also wore Scream masks.
Two of the suspects in Wednesday’s incidents were described as being black males in their 20s. One had a blue hoodie on was wearing checkered pants.
Sheridan police released the following information about this case:
A tip line has been set up for the shooting in Sheridan. If you have any information pertaining to the incident call 303-734-8268.